Pop Vinyl Creations: A Brief History of Bobbleheads and Tips in Purchasing Them



Bobble heads are basically dolls, usually of famous personalities, with heads that are connected to the body by means of a spring. Bobbleheads are also typically called as wobblers, nodding head dolls, and nodders. They were introduced into the market more than 150 years ago and are still very popular collectibles today.

Brief History of Bobbleheads

In the past, bobbleheads were only manufactured in limited numbers and were regarded as novelty items. The earlier forms were made of paper mache and they do not last a long time because they get damaged very easily. After some time, they were manufactured using plastic which made them more durable.

The first bobblehead boom in pop culture happened in the 1960s. They were used to promote sport teams and athletes, especially in baseball. They were also produced to represent American football and ice hockey teams. Aside from the Funko pops bobbing head, these vintage bobbleheads hold little likeness to the ones we see today. The designs were very different - the bodies were not made with a lot details and are not in an athletic pose. They were hand painted and had a magnet under the base so that they can be displayed on car dashboards.

The production techniques for bobbleheads have gone through a lot of changes since then. Bobbleheads these days closely resemble their real life models.

Tips for Bobblehead Collectors

The Production Process - All bobbleheads used to be hand made with no exceptions up until a few years ago. Today, almost anyone who has a 3D printer at home can even manufacture their own bobblehead. Although these 3D printed bobbleheads are expected to very closely resemble the person that they are modeled after, they can be very costly and complicated to produce.

Material Used - Some manufacturers make Pop culture bobbleheads with polymer clay and while some use resin. The effect of either one on its resemblance to the real life model is almost negligible, but the finish that each material offers matter to some people. Polymer clay comes in a variety of colors, while resin is almost always white and needs to be painted.

The Artist - Most people make their choice in picking or purchasing a bobblehead by finding out the name of the artist who created the piece or the manufacturer who distributed it. Their talent and reputation will convince people as to whether or not the bobblehead is worth collecting or buying. This is because of the fact that these days, bobbleheads can even be produced by people who own 3D printers at home. Collectors take into account the question of whether the, bobblehead is made to closely resemble the people that they are supposed to represent or if it is very rare and therefore worth a lot of money.